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Radiologic Technology

Employment Outlook

Medical imaging is changing daily and the need for qualified registered technologists (RTs) is growing. Employment openings are projected to be high; a handful of employers indicate that they have not been able to hire enough radiographers (careeroverview.com). Doctors’ offices and diagnostic imaging centers are expected to create an increasing number of jobs, with hospitals continuing to be the largest employers of radiographers and imaging technologists. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the need for RTs is expected to grow by 13% between 2016-2026, the median salary for a typical RT in the United States is $58,440 (2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook, US Department of Labor). Actual salaries and employment opportunities may vary depending upon geographic location, market employment trends by local area, employer size, employee experience, and employee credentials. Prospective students should research the local employment opportunities as a part of their decision-making processes.

The Department of Medical Imaging Technology offers an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the credentialing examinations for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The radiologic technologist is able to practice in a variety of radiologic settings after graduation to include hospitals and imaging centers. The student will be exposed to situations involving trauma, blood and other bodily fluids. The Department of Medical Imaging Technology is committed to quality education using the guidelines set forth by the code of ethics for the profession of radiologic technologist.

THE PROGRAM

The Radiologic Technology program is administered through the Department of Medical Imaging Technology. The program curriculum is a 5-semester Associates Degree completion. Upon completion of the program, graduates are registry eligible with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiologic Technology (RT).

DELIVERY OPTIONS

All general education courses and Introduction t Imaging and Patient care are delivered in an online format.  All other radiology courses are delivered either in an online or residential format.

Three procedure courses (RADR 1311 Basic Radiographic Procedures, RADR 2401 Intermediate Radiographic Procedures, RADR 2431 Advanced Radiographic Procedures) have a required laboratory component that must be physically attended on campus.  If you choose residential radiology courses, your laboratory will be one day a week on campus during each procedures courses.  If you choose online courses, your laboratory will be held on Thursday and Friday of week four (4) and week eight (8) of each procedures course.  This will require you to be on campus three (3) times for two (2) days over a twenty-four (24) week period.  Transportation, food, lodging and any other expenses incurred by the student to attend these labs are the sole responsibility of the student.

The clinical practicum occurs within the clinical arena – either at a hospital, outpatient imaging center, or physician’s office. The students are required to complete their clinical hours as outlined below:

  1. 1. Clinical I (8 weeks): 144 hours = Mon/Wed/Fri 8:00am – 3:00pm (evenings hours might be assigned.)
  2. 2. Clinical II (16 weeks): 432 hours = Mon/Wed/Fri 8:00am – 4:00pm (evenings hours might be assigned.)
  3. 3. Clinical III (16 weeks): 432 hours = Mon/Wed/Fri 8:00am – 4:00pm (evenings hours might be assigned.)

The clinical days/times are mandatory and the students must arrange their schedules accordingly to ensure attendance as outlined by each course syllabus. The students are scheduled at a certain site by the Clinical Coordinator, and will rotate clinical sites as mandated by the coordinator.

The program currently has clinical sites in the immediate San Antonio area and out of area sites. Students should have reliable transportation, because of possible assignment to any clinical location. We can only accept the number of students that can b e safely accommodated at the clinical sites that are available to us. The clinical coordinator places students at clinical sites based on the types of procedures being taught. Students will attend between five and seven hours per day, three days per week for the clinical practicum, in which the clinical day begins at 8:00am. Working while attending the Radiologic Technology Program is extremely challenging for most students. It is highly recommended that work be limited to 20 hours per week because of the time commitment required for classes, lab, clinical, study and preparation.

Mission

The mission of the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program is to prepare the professional health care provider for the role as a radiologic technologist through the clinical application of theory and utilization of patient safety principles.

Goals

Goal 1: Students will be clinically competent, entry-level registry-eligible radiologic technologists.

Student outcomes:

  • Students will apply positioning skills
  • Students will select appropriate technical factors

Goal 2: Students will communicate effectively.

Student outcomes:

  • Students will use effective oral communication skills
  • Students will practice written communication skills

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate critical thinking.

Student outcomes:

  • Students will analyze images
  • Students will be able to handle difficult situations in trauma or pediatric settings
  • Students will be able to handle difficult situations in a pediatric setting

Goal 4: Students will model professionalism.

Student outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate professional behavior
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism with patients
  • Students will demonstrate professional and ethical behavior

Student Outcome Assessment Data

Program Effectiveness Data

The performance of the program is reflected through program effectiveness data as defined by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology - blended or online delivery{JRCERT} at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182; Phone (312)704-5300; Fax (312) 704-5304; Email mail@jcert.org; www.jrcert.org.

Program effectiveness data includes the program completion rate, credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate. Explanations of these measures and program data that correspond with the annual report most recently submitted to the JRCERT are noted below.

This information can also be obtained at www.jrcert.org/resources/program-effectiveness-data. Questions about program effectiveness data should be directed to the Program Director.

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Completion Rate - January 1 through December 31, 2017

The Completion Rate is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. The program's completion rate for 2017 was 100%. Nine of the Nine students expected to complete the program in 2017 went on to complete it in that year. The program's completion rate as an average from the years 2013 through 2017 is 97%. Sixty-two (62) of the sixty-four (64) students completed the program.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate - 2013 through 2017

The Credentialing Examination Pass Rate is the number of students that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination on the first attempt within six months of graduation from the program. The figure reflects an average over a five-year span. The program's credentialing examination pass rate stated as an average from the years 2013 through 2017 is 83%. Out of sixty (60) graduates, forty-nine (49) took the exam and passed within 6 months of graduation. Fifty-five (55) of sixty (60) took the exam and passed within one year of graduation (92%).

Job Placement Rate - 2013 through 2017

The Job Placement Rate is the number of students that gain employment in the radiologic sciences within six months of graduation versus the number that graduate and are actively seeking employment. The figure reflects an average over a five-year span. The program's job placement rate as an average from the years 2013 through 2017 is 82%. Fifty-seven of the sixty-two graduates obtained employment in the radiologic sciences within six months of graduation.

Prerequisites:

  • Anatomy & Physiology - 3 Semester Hours
  • College Algebra - 3 Semester Hours

Length: 2 years - Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology


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